NOTE 1: Please use the BitTorrent protocol to download this collection whenever possible, and try to upload/seed an equal amount as you download.
NOTE 2: Due to the way that archive.org handles file uploads, it is necessary to distribute this collection as a multi-part zip file. Decompress the collection by opening the first file in the multi-part archive: MAME0.106Non-Merged.zip. This requires software capable of managing multi-part zip archives, such as the open-source 7zip tool or many others.
This is a complete collection of ROMs, CHDs, and audio samples for MAME 0.106. *Several audio samples, described in a text file within the collection, have never been publicly circulated and are not included.
This version of MAME, originally released in 2006, became basis of the AdvanceMAME 1.4 emulator. This reference collection includes the Progetto-SNAPS datfile and the version of ClrMamePro which was used to verify the ROMs, CHDs, and samples. The TorrentZip executable included with the set was used to process each ROM and sample zip prior to distribution.
Using a Non-Merged set means that every .zip in this collection is a complete ROM that can be used stand-alone.
The question of merged, split, and non-merged ROM sets has to do with "parent" and "clone" games. The parent is the primary or original version of a game. With all varieties (merged, split, non-merged) of MAME ROM sets, the parent ROM has all the files needed to play them within the .zip file.
Clones are a variant of the Parent. Here is where the differences between set types comes into play. Clones often feature a different language or updates to the game software. Some clones are "bootleg" versions of a ROM -- for example bootlegs that remove encryption that which makes the "parent" ROM unplayable. For these and other reasons, clone ROMs are sometimes the preferred version of a game.
"Merged" and "Split" sets save drive space by consolidating the parts of the clone ROM that are identical to its parent into the parent's zip file. The only benefit to this approach is saved space. On the other hand, not all emulators support Merged and Split sets. Those set formats are also make it more challenging to manually copy individual ROMs for use with an emulator rather than using the whole set.
Non-Merged -- such as this set -- arranges all games, parents and clones, in their own stand-alone .zip files with all of the files needed to run the game. This takes somewhat more storage space but removes clone dependencies on parents, meaning you can take any of these .zip files (including clones), put them in the appropriate emulator ROM directory on their own, and they should work.
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